Hmmm, I am so curious now... because I live in the same area you do! I currently work as a full-time CNA in a hospital. There are PCT jobs advertised in this hospital system too, but almost every ad, whether for ED tech, NA, PCT, or even HUCs now, they want CNA certification. A guy who currently works as an ED tech at my hospital even told me, when I asked whether I should pursue it or not, that EMT-B isn't needed or even desired to become an ED tech. CNA certification can get you in, but I am sure already having phlebotomy and EKG skills helps alot, which most CNAs don't.
I wanted to offer you another option for getting certified as a CNA that won't take a whole semester. I went to Arizona Medical Training Institute, and they offer lots of options for CNA classes. They have a full time day class that only takes three weeks to complete. They also have evening classes which takes five weeks, and I took the weekend-only option, which takes six weeks to complete. The cost is $990, and includes all books and materials, uniform
top, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, gait belt, and clinicals. I know I sound like an ad for them, but I just wanted you to know there is another option out there. For what you learn, I don't see any reason for it to take an entire semester. I checked them out before I signed up, and they have the highest first-time pass rate on state boards of any school in the state. And you can take your boards at their campus.
It took me three months of solid looking before I got a job. I had absolutely no health care experience. My last job was at a newspaper, and I also had the stay-at-home-mom-who-worked-part-time-on-and-off thing going on. I got a few interviews though, and I must have nailed the one for this job, because they hired me on the spot. However, I wonder if I got that interview because I used the name of a friend who got hired a couple months before me, through some connection she knew who worked here. I think, unfortunately, it is about who you know, both in healthcare in general, and in the Phoenix area. You live here, so you know how, even though it has grown so big, it still operates like a backwater little town too much of the time.